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Chanukah: General repertoire

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Date: Fri, 3 Nov 1995 11:46:42 -0500
From: Andante147(a)aol.com
Subject: Hannukah Repertoire Compilation

Thanks, Choralist for the wonderful response!

I'm sorry, I wish that I could address you by your real name, but it didn't
seem to make it into your e-mail request. Although I have a vested interest,
I can recommend "Arise and Be Free", a setting of four traditional Chanukah
songs that I arranged for Transcontinental (the largest Jewish publishing
house in the U.S.). The easiest (and most energetic) of the four is "S'vivon,
Sov, Sov, Sov" (a song about the spinning top game played by children on
Chanukah). The settings were conceived to be sung a cappella, but the
rehearsal piano part will support a "limited rehearsed choir" just fine. It
is in transliterated Hebrew (a pronunciation guide is included, along with a
translation). I can even suggest a more simplified version, if needed. I
would imagine that you can reach Transcontinental directly to order if you
are under the gun (tell them I suggested you call them--I'll take the heat).
Their number in New York is: (212) 249-0100 Ph., (212) 472-8280 FAX. I
sincerely hope that you will like it and perhaps will program the other
pieces in the set for future concerts (if you really like it, I would
appreciate your considering a mention of it in ChoralTalk). Good luck, and
don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,
Steve Barnett (BarMusProd(a)aol.com)

Choral Music for Chanukah

See the article:
Jacobson, Joshua. "Choral Music for Chanukah,"
The Choral Journal, September, 1990.

Compositions mentioned in the article

Al HaNissim
Dov Frimer (klezmer style)
Transcontinental
satb, piano

Aley Neyri
Chaim Parchi (delicate song)
Transcontinental
satb, barit. solo

Arise and Be Free
1. Sevivon
2. Yemey Chanukah
3. Mi Yemalel
4. Mi Zeh Hidlik
Steve Barnett
Transcontinental
satb div

Chanukah Variations
Joshua Jacobson (humorous)
Hazamir Publications
satb, div

Della Vita/Maoz Tsur
Benedetto Marcello (Italian Jewish melody harmonized by Baroque composer)
Hazamir Publications
s, continuo

Fortress, Rock
Hugo Weisgall (contemporary arrangement of the above)
Merion (T. Presser)
satb

Haneyros Halawlu
Louis Lewandowski (in the style of Mendelssohn)
Hazamir Publications
satb, organ

Hanukah Madrigal
Herbert Fromm (contemporary, based on traditional children's song)
Transcontinental
satb, sop solo

Hebrew Songs
Max Bruch
Kalmus
satb, orchestra

I Have a Little Dreydel
Michael Gelbart (humorous rock 'n' roll style)
Hazamir Publications
satb, piano, tenor solo

from Judas Maccabaeus:
See the Conquering Hero satb, sa soli, piano
Hallelujah, Amen satb, piano
Handel
Kalmus

Light the Legend
Michael Isaacson
Transcontinental
satb, piano

Maoz Tsur
Italian chant
HaZamir
unison

Maoz Tsur
traditional/Binder
Transcontinental
satb

Mi Zeh Yemallel
Joshua Jacobson (based on Moroccan tune)
Transcontinental
satb div, barit. solo, tambourine and clay drum

Adler, Samuel.
Praise Thy Saving Power (TTBB).
Ludwig Music L-5220.

Adler, Samuel.
The Flames of Freedom (SSA).
Ludwig Music L-8111.

Chaim Parchi,
Shemen Zach. (rock style)
Transcontinental Publications.

Solomon Golub,
Boruch Atoh (SATB). (Yiddish, tender)
Transcontinental Publications.


Jacobson, Joshua (arranger).
Candle Blessings for Chanukah (traditional
Eastern European Melody) (SATB). (fun! klezmer style)
HaZamir Publications HZ-044.

Polansky, David.
Hannukah Tarantella. (SATB) (stiric, fun)
HaZamir Publications HZ-035.

A recording of Chanukah choral music, entitled LIGHTS,
is available
from HaZamir in CD or cassette format.
Two other recordings from HaZamir containing Chanukah music:
SEASONS OF OUR JOY (CD or cassette format)
ZAMIR 25 (cassette only)

Transcontinental Publications has a Chanukah Sampler
(sheet music and cassette)

HaZamir Publications
35 Garland Road
Newton, MA 02159-1740

Transcontinental Music Publications
838 Fifth Ave.,
NYC, NY 10021

Ludwig Music
557 East 140th Street
Cleveland, OH 44110

David.Topping(a)asu.edu

One of my favorite easy Hanukkah SATB octavos is: CHASS, Blanche, arr.:
Hanerot Halalu; SATB, piano; Hebrew; Mark Foster, MF 677

You might also try: PRUSSING, Stephen, arr.: Hayo, Haya; Hanukah Song; SATB;
Hebrew; Mark Foster, MF 680. This is a little more difficult but tells the
entire story of Hanukkah in an exciting, interesting way.

Another simple arrangement is: ALTMAN, Shalon, arr.: Bim-Bam; Folk Song;
SATB; Hebrew; Theodore Presser, 352-00191

Good luck!
Linda Allen Anderson

Maoz Tsur (Rock of Ages) by Benedetto Marcello [Hebrew and English texts]
Lawson-Gould Co.51861
A.K.

Hello, This is Rebecca R. Winnie from Wisconsin. Mi Y'Mallel arranged by
Herbert Fromm is the best, and quickest to learn (Transcontinental Music
Publications 990239) Next is Mo'oz Tzur (Rock of Ages) arranged by Samuel
Adler -- the English translation is ok-- Transcontinental again TCL134. A
Song of Hanukkah is more of a children's song in a medium difficult
arrangement by Samuel Adler in English only -- G.Schirmer 11162. A very
powerful piece that tells the story of Hanukkah is Hayo, Haya arranged by
Stephen Prussing, Mark Foster, MF 680. Good Luck.

Try "Light the Legend." By Michael Isaacson. Transcontinental Press.
838 5th Ave. in New York.

I am doing a piece with my chamber chorus by Lewandowski which is a
Hannukah song written in Ashkenazic Hebrew. This may be a little
difficult, since the pronunciation is different from what you'd
expect from Sephardic Hebrew.

We're also doing a Ladino (the archaic form of Spanish spoken by the
Sephardim) piece called "Ocho Kandelikas" (Eight Candles). Not at
all difficult, could be learned in a couple of rehearsals (with a
little practice at home).

Not to mention a chant called "Maoz Tsur" which can be done in unison
or in four parts. We've done the unison and are planning to do the
harmonized version this December. Unison is pretty easy (just the
Hebrew is tricky); the four-part probably isn't bad because we
haven't even read through it yet and we're performing on December 10!

Choral Music for Chanukah

See the article:
Jacobson, Joshua. "Choral Music for Chanukah,"
The Choral Journal, September, 1990.

Compositions mentioned in the article

Al HaNissim
Dov Frimer (klezmer style)
Transcontinental
satb, piano

Aley Neyri
Chaim Parchi (delicate song)
Transcontinental
satb, barit. solo

Arise and Be Free
1. Sevivon
2. Yemey Chanukah
3. Mi Yemalel
4. Mi Zeh Hidlik
Steve Barnett
Transcontinental
satb div

Chanukah Variations
Joshua Jacobson (humorous)
Hazamir Publications
satb, div

Della Vita/Maoz Tsur
Benedetto Marcello (Italian Jewish melody harmonized by Baroque composer)
Hazamir Publications
s, continuo

Fortress, Rock
Hugo Weisgall (contemporary arrangement of the above)
Merion (T. Presser)
satb

Haneyros Halawlu
Louis Lewandowski (in the style of Mendelssohn)
Hazamir Publications
satb, organ

Hanukah Madrigal
Herbert Fromm (contemporary, based on traditional children's song)
Transcontinental
satb, sop solo

Hebrew Songs
Max Bruch
Kalmus
satb, orchestra

I Have a Little Dreydel
Michael Gelbart (humorous rock 'n' roll style)
Hazamir Publications
satb, piano, tenor solo

from Judas Maccabaeus:
See the Conquering Hero satb, sa soli, piano
Hallelujah, Amen satb, piano
Handel
Kalmus

Light the Legend
Michael Isaacson
Transcontinental
satb, piano

Maoz Tsur
Italian chant
HaZamir
unison

Maoz Tsur
traditional/Binder
Transcontinental
satb

Mi Zeh Yemallel
Joshua Jacobson (based on Moroccan tune)
Transcontinental
satb div, barit. solo, tambourine and clay drum

Adler, Samuel.
Praise Thy Saving Power (TTBB).
Ludwig Music L-5220.

Adler, Samuel.
The Flames of Freedom (SSA).
Ludwig Music L-8111.

Chaim Parchi,
Shemen Zach. (rock style)
Transcontinental Publications.

Solomon Golub,
Boruch Atoh (SATB). (Yiddish, tender)
Transcontinental Publications.


Jacobson, Joshua (arranger).
Candle Blessings for Chanukah (traditional
Eastern European Melody) (SATB). (fun! klezmer style)
HaZamir Publications HZ-044.

Polansky, David.
Hannukah Tarantella. (SATB) (stiric, fun)
HaZamir Publications HZ-035.

A recording of Chanukah choral music, entitled LIGHTS,
is available
from HaZamir in CD or cassette format.
Two other recordings from HaZamir containing Chanukah music:
SEASONS OF OUR JOY (CD or cassette format)
ZAMIR 25 (cassette only)

Transcontinental Publications has a Chanukah Sampler
(sheet music and cassette)

HaZamir Publications
35 Garland Road
Newton, MA 02159-1740

Transcontinental Music Publications
838 Fifth Ave.,
NYC, NY 10021

Ludwig Music
557 East 140th Street
Cleveland, OH 44110

I'm using "Lamp Burning Bright" by Eugene Butler with my communitee choir
(volunteer) this season. Pretty easy, but a nice effect. Octavo
OCT02553 published by Belwin Mills. Good luck!

Dave Faber


1. Easy arrangement - Ocho Kandelikas - published by Hazamir Publ. in
Newtonville, Mass.

2. Look at either Josh Jacobson's list on the CRS for Choralist re:
Hanukkah/Jewish music or his article in the Choral Journal or my article
published with Cantate California (California State publication) in
August, 1994 re: Music for Chanukah. You can get a copy from our editor
Rene Rowland (I think the email is Cantate(a)aol.com) or from your state
president. They all have copies of other state newsletters!


There is lots of Chanukah music out there - no need to panic!

Iris Levine

ilevine(a)csupomona.edu

Thanks Again,

Dan Wagner (Andante 147(a)aol.com)



This is a followup regarding an earlier list of Hanukah music.

Ilan Glasman
Olivet College, Michigan

iglasman(a)olivetnet.edu
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Music of Elliot Z. Levine
Shadow Press Phone/Fax 212-228-8159 e-mail: Shadowpress(a)hotmail.com

Music for Chanukah
Al Hanissim (For the miracles)*Hebrew
SATB a cappella SP 101 $1.30
Chanukah Oy Chanukah*- Yiddish/g.
Kbd/guitar & violin SP103 $1.00
Drey Zikh * Yiddish/Eng. Kbd./guitar & violin/flute
SA &/or TTB SP104 $1.00
Hayo Haya *Hebrew-arr.2 part cho.,guitar & violin
SP102 $1.00
Lo V«chayil (Not by might nor by power) - Eng./Hebrew)
SATB a cappella SP100 $1.30
Mee YÕMalel *(Who can retell?) round Eng/Hebrew
SP136 $.90
Mi Ze Hidlik *Hebrew Kbd/guitar& recorder/violin
.SSA or TTB SP 105 $1.00
Mi Ze YÕMalel *(Sephardic song) monophonic SP 155 $.1.00
Music for Passover & Holocaust Remembrance
Ashrey Hagafrur (Blessed is the Match) SSATTB & vln
SP106 /SSSAAA SP106A $1.50
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"Here in My House," is a
two-part (partner) song for treble voices. It is published by Theodore
Presser. I also have "Celebration," which can be purchased by contacting me

at -- 132 Homer St, Newton Centre, MA 02459-1518 (617-969-4966). I would be

happy to send you a brochure of other songs for children or for women's
voices."
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Two settings of *S'vivon* that I know of: SA & kbd arr. Gregg Smith (G.
Schirmer); SSAA arr. Betty Bertaux (Boosey)



Loads of stuff is published by Transcontinental in NYC (that's authentic,
not
the candles 'n' dreydls polkas in C, D, or E minor passed off by most big
publishers as Hanukkah music. . .)

Others that come to mind:

arr. Mark Zuckerman *I Have a Little Dreydl* SATB a capp; Carl Fischer (this
has the original Yiddish lyrics--the only one I would recommend)

Charles Davidson: *Hanukkah, Light of Lights* (SATB, SAB, or SSA editions,
kbd) Heritage/Lorenz

Baruch Cohon: *Pitakhta* (Psalm 36) SATB, don't know about accompaniment
(the
former Mark Foster)

and two of my own:

*Maoz Tzur* (SATB, chamber orchestra) Rental from Theodore Presser Co.

*Al Hanisim* SAB, brass quintet, rock combo (could be adapted relatively
easily to SSA or other voicings), unpublished
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the Saltzman, Chilcott, and
Adler pieces (from the earlier compilation)
are published by Oxford University Press.
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"Arise and Be Free: A Suite for Chanukah"-these are four songs that are
available as a suite or as separate pieces through Transcontinental (and
are
different than the ones listed from Transcontinental with similar titles
in
your original compilation) and include:
1. Y'Mei Chanukah (991292)
2. S'vivon (991293)
3. Mi Y'maleil (991294)
4. Mi Zeh Hidlik (991295)

And a brand new composition commissioned by Dale Warland, and premiered by

the Dale Warland Singers last holiday season, also for SATB and available
through ADAR Music Ltd. (please e-mail to ADARMusLtd(a)aol.com):
Al Hanisim-For the Miracles
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AND HERE IS THE ORIGINAL (sorry for the duplication - but it'll all be in
one place):

1) Hanerot Halalu by Baruch J. Cohon, arr. Blanche Chass

2) David Eddleman has 2 wonderful, energetic pieces for the holiday:
MAKE A LITTLE MUSIC FOR HANNUKAH
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
available in a combination of 2pt/3pt/satb Tetra Music

call Bernie Fisher/Plymouth in Florida.....he has oodles...he'll be
delighted
to send you a catalogue

3) For suggestions re Chanukah music please go to
www.zamir.org

4) Linda Spevacek has written two songs that fall within your
specifications.
If your colleague would like a complimentary copy of either or both
songs,
please let us know and we would be very happy to send them out. The Joy
of
Hanukkah has not been put on our computer yet for electronic mailing.

Joy of Hanukkah* 2 Part Heritage Music Press 15/1220 H
Hanukkah Nagilah 2 Part Heritage Music Press 15/1458H

5) "Chanuka, O Chanuka," arranged by Peter Saltzman (SA, piano, optional
percussion and electric guitar)

"Mi Yemalel," arranged by Peter Saltzman (SATB unaccompanied)

"Three Israeli Songs: 1. Mi y'maleil; 2. Mi zeh hidlik; 3. S'vivon,"
arranged
by Bob Chilcott (SATB; 1 and 2 with piano, 3 unaccompanied)

"The Chanukah Story," by Samuel Adler (unison chorus and piano)

"Spin, dreidel, spin," arranged by Samuel Adler (SA and piano)

"Who can retell," arranged by Samuel Adler (SA and piano)

6) There is a beautiful Hanukkah composition which features a female solo
called "Beams of Gentle Light."

7) Yelton Rhodes Music carries some wonderful music for Hanukkah.

Three Hanukkah Songs (C. Baker)
TTBB or SATB and piano
Bazman Haze (Scott Henderson)
triple TTB chorus, cello, and piano
Hanukkah (Scott Henderson)
SATB and piano
Hanukkah, Hanukkah (David Maddux)
SATB and piano
Hanukkah (Alan Stringer)
TTBB, cello, and piano
Hanukkah Blessing (David York)
TTTTBBBB
Erev shel Shoshanim (J.A. Kawarsky)
TTBB a cappella
The Final Word (J.A. Kawarsky)
SATB, harp, flute, clarinet and cello
Dreidel A-Go-Go (J. Moidel)
TTBB and piano
For All to See (J.T. Hawhee)
TTBB, SATB, or SSAA and piano
Nes Gadol Haya Sham (J.T. Hawhee)
TTBB, SATB, or SSAA, flute, and piano

8) Vox Femina Los Angeles has done several Hanukkah songs for women's
voices.
You could contact their director, Iris Levine, at their website:
www.voxfeminala.com.

9) Our publication 24A Zol Zain Sholem (Yiddish for Let There be Peace),
arranged by Josh Jacobson for SA and treble solo accomp. by piano, is not
a
Hanukah song per se but has verses that include Hanukah references
(latkes,
dreidel) and has been used for that purpose by many groups. It also comes
in
SATB (#24). $1 for either. It's lots of fun - very much in the Klezmer
mode.
I'd be happy to send a perusal copy to anyone who'd like one. Judith Cook
Tucker, Publisher, World Music Press (WMPress(a)aol.com or
www.worldmusicpress.com)

10) Al Hanissim. Transcontinental 99136
S'Vivon " 991501
Hannukah Likhteleh " 984014 (Yiddish, very haunting)
Chanukah Variations " 982003

on September 10, 2003 10:00pm
Have had good success in the performance of my version of "Haya, Hayo," a traditional folk song. SATB, fairly easy with authentic drama. Text in Hebrew. You can see and hear the music if you go to www.songsforall.com, click on "repertoire" and then click on the title of the piece.
on September 10, 2003 10:00pm
If you'd like a copy of the score, let me know. E-mail me at kayne@songsforall.com.
on May 20, 2007 10:00pm
Some new choral compositions, with Hebrew and English lyrics:
AL HANISSIM -- The Miracle Song -- for Hanukkah and Purim
HANEROT HALALU -- We Kindle the Candles -- for Hanukkah
LET THE OLD YEAR END -- for Rosh Hashanah
SHALAKH AMEE -- Let My People Go (2-part) -- for Passover
WE SURVIVE, a medley of Holocaust and Resistance songs

All of these are now published by Tara Publications in one book, SONGS FOR MY PEOPLE. See my website http://cantorabbi.com to hear some samples